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Sustainable Hygiene: Swing It For Spring! DIY Hair Masks.

Alright - so technically this might count more as beauty treatment than hygiene - but in the realm of keeping your bodies clean and healthy and connected to nature, this certainly enters in.

Spring. It is high time to draw back the hoods on your coats, swat off your winter hats and beanies, and let your mane embrace the sun. The problem with all that indoor heating, outdoor chill and cover-ups? Our hair and scalps can get dry, brittle, and neglected. These are some delicious combinations for your crown (taste tests are optional). I've tried the egg/milk/honey thing and that certainly packs a punch with shine, but I am ready to branch out into new territories. Come with me.

For Dry/Flaky Scalp and Hair: Banana, Honey, and Almond.

Mash together 1/2 a ripe banana and add two tablespoons of honey and a few drops of almond oil and allow it to set with a shower cap on for 20 minutes before rinsing. Bananas can increase the moisture of your hair, smooth frizz and soothe your itchy scalp and honey is both moisturizing and anti-bactieral. Is this breakfast?

For Oily Hair: Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon.

Combine 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with the grated peel of an entire lemon and allow it to set for 15 minutes to absorb the excess oil from your scalp, and then rinse in the shower. Apple cider vinegar will remove build up from styling products and conditioners and strengthen the hair shaft, leaving you with soft, shiny strands. It will also balance hair’s pH level, kill bacteria, and is a cure for dandruff. Perf!

For Dry Hair: Avocado, Olive Oil, and Honey.

Avocados have long been used in beauty treatments for their nourishing and hydrating properties. Mash one nice, ripe avocado (use it’s flesh only) and add one tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of olive oil. Blend it all well and apply on your damaged tresses. Wrap a towel over your hair to leave it to work its magic - leave in 20 mins to one hour.

For that Shiny, Spring Hair: Strawberry and Coconut.

A handful of fresh strawberries, a tablespoon of coconut oil and a tablespoon of honey, blended well. Apply the mixture to damp hair, roots through tips, leave for a few minutes and rinse well with warm water. Strawberries are citrusy fruits, loaded with vitamin C which is very nourishing for hair. They are great for scalp oil control and help  gently rinse away excess oil build-up. Another tropical hair cocktail please!

Now that you have the most fruitylicious, shiny, natural hair on the block, go for a spring stroll, and swing it!


By Aya Sato